Keel Boat Class

1st Jason and Elisa Sigmundstad on Catalina 22 “Ilene”

2nd Rafe Sigmundstad and Ryan Ketchum on Catalina 30 “Isla Bella”

3rd Doug Long and Levi Grant on Macgregor 26

4th Dan Hohman, Gary, Amanda and Lori on American 26 “Sea Scout”


Laser Class

1st Caleb Gilliam

2nd Tim Ogrinc

3rd Page Anderson

4th Dustin VanLoozen


Laser Radial vs Hobie Class

1st Marina Matheson

2nd Julie Burke

Winners of each class, Marina Matheson, Caleb Gilliam and Jason & Elisa Sigmundstad

A great article was published in the Glasgow Courier.  You can find it here:



More photos can be found here:

We sincerely thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2017 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta possible!


The Folks at chose Rafe's video as the winning contest entry and then wrote a fantastic article highlighting Fort Peck Sailing Club:

A few video shots and photos of the 2016 regatta.  It was a fantastic event, thanks entirely to all the wonderful people involved. 



In August 2016 Fort Peck Sailing Club hosted their first week-long youth sailing school, named the Mobile Optimist Sailing School.  The boats, coaches and program were all provided by the Alberta Sailing Association.  Special thanks to event director John Cormack, and coaches Andrea, Finn and Caleb.  Thanks to Fort Peck Marina for their generosity in offering their facilities.  Thank you to those who donated scholarships, and especially thanks to all the kids and parents for investing your time in learning about sailing.

4th CAN-AM FORT PECK SAILING REGATTA, August 12-13, 2017


Fort Peck Lake Marina

Fort Peck, Montana 59223


Host Club

Fort Peck Sailing Club



The regatta will be governed by the current edition of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), the prescriptions of the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the Rules of the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and this Notice of Race, except as amended by the Sailing Instructions or any appendices to the Sailing Instructions.


Eligibility and Entry

This regatta is open to all classes of sailboats, monohull or multihull, including but not limited to: Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, Hobie Cat, Seaspray, Fireball, Optimist, San Juan 21, McGregor 24.


3 or more entries of the same class will be scored as a separate class.

All other boats will race in either the Handicap-monohull or the Handicap-multihull class.  PHRF or Portsmouth handicap values will be used in these classes to rank the placing’s among dissimilar boats.


Entry: Regatta registration will take place:

Saturday, August 12, from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.


Fees: Adult single-handed:                                       $45.00

                     Multi-handed:                                        $65.00

           Youth (Age 16 and under):  single-handed:  $35.00

                                                          Multi-handed:   $55.00



It is the competitor’s decision to enter the regatta and to start or continue any race.

The competitors are ultimately responsible for the risks.  The competitor will accept full responsibility for all his /her actions during any activity related to the event.  This includes on-shore activities before, during and after the regatta.  The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material or personal injury sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the races.



Schedule of Events


Friday, August 11th

·         Racing Seminar: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This seminar will be for the benefit of all sailors and race committee members, or for anyone curious about sailboat racing in general.


2:00 p.m. A brief dry-land presentation covering

·         Race course layout

·         Starting sequences and signals

·         Basic racing rules

·         Basic strategy

3:00 p.m. On the water practice race.

·         6:00 p.m. On shore dinner, Location at Sailing Barn.


·         Saturday, August 12th

·         Registration and breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 am

·         Competitors’ Meeting 9:00 am

·         On Course Race Warning Signal for all Sailors 10:00 am

·         Lunch on-shore 12:00 or 1:00 p.m.

·         No races will be started after 5:00 pm

·         Dinner at 6:00 pm at Marina


·         Sunday, August 13th

·         Breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am

·         On Course Race Warning Signal 10:00 am

·         Lunch 1:00 p.m.

·         No races will be started after 2:30 pm

·         Awards ceremony after Racing


Races will be sailed on Windward/Leeward or Windward/Reaching/Leeward  courses set approximately 1 mile out in the Lake.  A total of ten (10) races are scheduled. Two (2) races qualify as a regatta.  If more than five (5) races are completed there will be one (1) throw out race.


Sailing Instructions

The sailing instructions will be available at the time of race registration.



The Fort Peck Lake Marina has ample lawns space for tent camping, lot space for RV camping; charge spaces with services are available.  6 Spaces are reserved.  Dry camping is no charge. Restrooms are available. There are RV Hookups and a dump station located at Kiwanis Park.  The Park is within a mile of the Marina.

There are showers available at Kiwanis.  At the Marina there are good launching and storage facilities for lasers and dollies prior and throughout the regatta.


Rights to use Name and Likeness:

By participating in this event, a competitor grants the Organizing Authority and the sponsors of the event, the right into perpetuity, to make, use and show, from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or film television and other reproductions of him/her during the period of the competition for the said event in which the competitor participates and in all material related to the said event without compensation.



Create your own piece of art for a chance to win $100!  If your creation wins, it will be the poster for the 2017 Regatta.  Here are some past examples:


Schedule of Contest


Dead line for submission is Wednesday July 12, 2017.  Please submit to Wheatgrass Arts and Gallery, 531 2nd Ave. So. by 5:00 p.m.


Everyone is eligible to participate.   No age requirement.


All medium is accepted.


No size poster requirement.

$100.00 Prize Donated by Willow Creek Gallery

Information and lettering will be the responsibility of the printer and not the artist.


Accepted posters will be showcased at the Gallery July 12-14, 2017  Public invited.

Posters will be identified by numbers only while being displayed for public vote.


Posters will be on display at the following locations where the public will be able to cast votes for their favorite poster:


July 12-14 The Wheatgrass Arts and Gallery,  531 2nd Ave. So.         

July 15-16 The Fort Peck Theatre, Fort Peck, MT.

July 17-20 Gateway

July 21-23 Fort Peck Marina


July 23     Votes will be tallied and winner announced at the

Fort Peck Marina.


July 24     Winning poster will be printed and posted throughout the area.


Download entry form here

Fort Peck Lake is still frozen over and it snowed again this morning, but I know everyone has an eager eye toward summer and the calendar will fill up quickly.  Let's get the word out now so nobody can say they "didn't get the memo."


June 24th - Summer Sailstice  [completed]

This will likely follow the plan of the past 2 years, where all volunteer sailors are welcome to join in offering free rides, a sailing introduction to anyone interested.

August 7-11 (unconfirmed) - Mobile Optimist Sailing School [postponed until 2018]

We hope to encore our most meaningful outreach this year and host a week-long sailing school for youths age 8-14.  These are the future sailors, racers, instructors and leaders.  They already have the desire to learn and passion for being on the water.  You can be a part of their journey by giving toward their education.  A little help could go a long way creating new opportunities and directions, lending to a better future we can't even predict or imagine!

August 11-13 - Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta

Arguably the most fun regatta anywhere.  It's small, it's friendly, and it's a learning experience for everyone involved.  We're growing a culture of competitive sailing where none existed before.  If you have any interest, come join the fun!  Whether you want to try your hand at racing or helping as a volunteer, there is room for everyone.


 We'll be sure to post any updates here.  Also, here is a form letter you can use to decline any other events that might try to infringe on your summer boating schedule: 




The 2016 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta was a fun time, and by all accounts, another great success.  Mother nature provided us with a nice breeze both days, no rain or storms, and none of the high winds that blew us out on Saturday of last year.  A total of 14 boats raced this year, double that of the previous two years!  Our Canadian friends and mentors stepped up their presence this year, adding sailors new to our regatta David Cormack, Tina Schofer, Andrea Carins and Finn Griggs.  Andrea and Finn were here all week coaching the Optimist Sailing School along with our own Caleb Gilliam of Billings who also sailed in the Regatta.  First time racers this year were locals Dustin Vanloozen on a Laser, my wife Melissa on a Hobie Wave, my brother Jason Sigmundstad and his family aboard their new 1975 Catalina 22 "Super C," and myself aboard our beloved Catalina 30 "Isla Bella" along with first timer crew Chris Taylor.  Coach Finn Griggs sailed with us Saturday morning and offered excellent tactical and right-of-way advice.  Later he transferred to Dan Hohman's "Sea Scout" boat to give them some help.  Saturday gave us winds from 8-15kts and excellent sailing.  The races were conducted by Primary Race Officer John Cormack from Lake Newell Sailing in Brooks Alberta.  Consistent with prior years, John created a well-run event and was always encouraging people and keeping everyone smiling with his good humor.  

After the races we all enjoyed a delectable feast sponsored in part and cooked to perfection by the friendly crew at the Fort Peck Marina.  After dinner we enjoyed live music in the form of a casual jam session by some talented local pickers and crooners, ukulele and harmonica players.  We auctioned off a few items that had been donated by local artists and such.  The funds will help to grow the Fort Peck Sailing Club.

Sunday, the waves were pretty big from the wind that blew all night, but the morning winds were just about perfect.  Several more races took place before we gathered back at the Marina for lunch and a short awards presentation.  Here are the results:

In the Laser Class:

1st David Cormack (Alberta)

2nd David Elliot (Alberta)

3rd Page Anderson (Fort Peck)

4th Tim Ogrinc (Glasgow)

5th Dustin Vanloozen (Fort Peck)


In the Laser Radial Class:

1st Caleb Gilliam (Billings)

2nd Andrea Carins (Alberta)

3rd Tina Shofer (Alberta)


Hobie Wave Catamarans:

A Tie between Julie Burke (Fort Peck) and Melissa Sigmundstad (Glasgow)


The Keel Boats were a diverse group of four boats and we were not able to equalize them for any meaningful ranking, so they were given recognition for triumphs in the way they sailed.

American 27 “Sea Scout” Dan Hohman (Wolf Point)

MacGregor 26, Doug Long (Wolf Point)

Catalina 22 “Super C”, Jason Sigmundstad (Glasgow)

Catalina 30 “Isla Bella”, Rafe Sigmundstad (Glasgow)


This regatta is a little different, Cormack explained.  At serious sanctioned events with large numbers of boats, things are much more formal.  For example, the race committee on the signal boat cannot speak to the sailors, leaving only flags and horn blasts to communicate.  Nobody provides any help on the course, either.  Competition is fierce and you're on your own.  The Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta however, is a fun learning experience.  John is frequently on the radio providing words of encouragement and helpful advice such as, "come on guys, sheet in!  Get going! One minute to go!" He also asked the more experienced sailors to give helpful tips when they can throughout the races.  Most the local sailors here have not been around regattas before.  We're new to racing and all that entails.  It may take generations to develop a mature sailing culture like that of our neighbors.  But for now, I think the friendly teaching approach is just right.  The race seminar on Friday is a good example of the focus on education.  Every year, we learn more.  Every year, it gets better.  This was a fantastic event, and the people involved are wonderful.

Special thanks to John and Janet Cormack.  We wouldn't want to do this without you, if we even could!  Thank you to Andrea, Finn and Caleb for all your work coaching the youngsters all week in the Opti School.  Thank you to all the parents and kids.  Thank you to our sponsors.  Your support has made this happen.  Thank you to all the sailors who came.  Thank you to the volunteers who freely gave their time to help wherever needed: Harold and Joanne, John and Mary, Meagan, Ashlyn, Cassie, Daniel, Dane, Ralph, Shannon and Joe, Jen, Dan, Cole.  You're all great!  God Bless you and many other people who I have failed to mention, but they got things done.  A most sincere thank you to my wife, Melissa.  She supports all my sailing-related endeavors, caters food for the regatta, helps with organizing and all the details, sponsorships, t-shirts, advertising and much more.  Finally I have to acknowledge the two people who had the vision for any of this, who dreamed up and created the first regatta here, who founded this sailing club, and who continue to pour their hearts and souls into this: Julie and Page.  I love you all!  --Rafe

You can find more pictures of the regatta HERE and also on our Facebook page


2015 Regatta poster

2016 Regatta poster


We sincerely thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2016 Can-Am Fort Peck Sailing Regatta possible!